Jul 102018
Rock the Dock

Shooters Waterfront kicks off its’ annual Rock the Dock concert series this Saturday, July 14th, the first of three monthly outdoor musical performances hosted at the popular waterfront restaurant. The three-part weekend event will take place on July 14, August 18, and September 29 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Guests will enjoy live, classic Rock ‘n’ Roll performed by South Florida’s beloved local bands as well as food and drink specials on the sparkling Intracoastal Waterway.

The summer soiree will take place on Shooters’ lawn, and the party will span the venue’s more than 4,000 square feet of breathtaking waterfront space, offering a prime location for guests to arrive by land or sea.

The Fourth Annual Rock the Dock Concert Schedule Includes:

Saturday, July 14, 2018

• The Livesays – 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
• Big Rock Band – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

• Jeffrey James Gang – 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
• Truerumours: The Definitive Fleetwood Mac Show – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

• Pee Wee Lewis and the Hues – 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
• The Pixels – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Shooters Waterfront is located on the Intracoastal Waterway just south of Oakland Park Boulevard. Rock the Dock concerts are free and open to the public. The restaurant boasts 340 feet of dockage and valet parking. For reservations, please call 954.566.2855.

About Shooters Waterfront:

Shooters Waterfront proudly embodies the memories and historic spirit of good times, great food and incredible views of the Intracoastal Waterway. After the 2014 remodel, Shooters reemerged as a destination restaurant with a modern look and new menu serving as Ft. Lauderdale’s best take on waterfront dining. The new ownership has successfully revitalized the restaurant while preserving Shooters’ one-of-a-kind atmosphere that loyal customers have come to know and love. From the sophisticated outside lounge to the contemporary dining room accompanied by three state-of-the-art bars, patrons can enjoy scenic Intracoastal Waterway views from day into night. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner, with a popular weekend brunch on Saturday and Sunday (dogs welcome). Boasting 340 feet of dockage and complimentary valet parking, guests are welcome to arrive by land or sea. For more information, visit http://shooterswaterfront.com/ or call 954.566.2855.

Rock the Dock

Jun 252018
Beach Hub Fort Lauderdale

For the third year in a row, organizers and sponsors of Friday Night Sound Waves will treat attendees at the free beachside concerts, the opportunity to register and win an array of unique experiences – just for showing up for the free weekly concert on the beach!  Kicking off June 22 and running through September 21st, the 13-week Summer Lovin’ Sweepstakes features prizes and gifts ranging from adventure experiences and dining certificates to hotel stays and round trip tickets to any destination Friday Night Sound Waves official airline partner, Southwest Airlines flies.

Locals and visitors attending the weekly free music series will have a chance to register onsite between 6pm and 8pm each Friday, with the winner announced at 9pm, immediately following the performance. Complete details on each giveaway night and rules for entry are viewable on their official website, www.FridayNightSoundWaves.com.

About Friday Night Sound Waves

Friday Night Sound Waves takes place every Friday night, March 16 through November 2 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, where the beach meets the boulevard at Las Olas & A1A. The family-friendly event, sponsored in major part by the beach business community, is free to the public and open to all ages. For those unable to attend in person, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau broadcasts select dates throughout the series live on www.Facebook.com/VisitLauderdale, as well as Hello Sunny TV, viewable on AppleTV Gen4 and www.Sunny.org/TV.

For more information on the Friday Night Sound Waves live music series, performer bios, special sponsor activations, and theme performance nights, visit www.FridayNightSoundWaves.com.

Schedule of Performances and Sweepstakes Prizes:

June 22: Gypsy Lane, presented by Southwest Airlines

Bring your boogie shoes and get ready to get down (get down) to the disco inferno songs of
the 70’s. Summer Lovin’ Sweepstakes prize: Round Trip Air Travel on Southwest Airlines

June 29: Guavatron, presented by W Fort Lauderdale

Guavatron, the hip, fresh groovy band will dazzle you with catchy dance, rock & jazzy tunes.
Summer Lovin’ Sweepstakes prize: Live it up at W Fort with bottle service for up to six guests in
Living Room

July 6: Spred the Dub, presented by Southwest Airlines

Spred The Dub keeps crowds dancing with their own brand of “Good Time Reggae” music –
infusing elements of Soul, Funk and R&B with a foundation of Rock-steady, Ska and Roots
Summer Lovin’ Sweepstakes prize: Round Trip Air Travel on Southwest Airlines

 July 13: Young Trees, featuring Shauna Sweeney sponsored by Las Olas Association
Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Shauna Sweeney, sets the tone for this midsummer
night with clever original songs and unique blend of pop, alt-rock and tunes under her
new band.  Summer Lovin’ Sweepstakes prize: Family Four Pack South Florida Adventure Pass

July 20: Danny Garcia, presented by It’s Better On The Beach Restaurant Group

From Flamenco to Salsa to Electronic-Rock, Danny Garcia and his bandmates promise to bring
an ebb and flow that will keep you on your feet and begging for more.
Summer Lovin’ Sweepstakes prize: Four All-Day Passes on Water Taxi Fort Lauderdale

July 27: Rogue Theory, presented by The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale

Go Rogue, as in the Rogue Theory Band for this special Full Moon Friday performance, the high
energy band with as bright a future as the moon which will shine from above.
Summer Lovin’ Sweepstakes prize: $250 Gift Card for Galleria at Fort Lauderdale Mall
TIP: Tax-Free Week runs August 3-5, 2018 for back to school shopping

August 3: JM & The Sweets, presented by 104.3 The Shark

Making a name for themselves as Miami New Times Best Unknown Band of 2017, JM and the
Sweets, will dazzle you with their brand of #SouthFloridaSoul for a night you will soon not forget.
Summer Lovin’ Sweepstakes prize: $250 Dining Gift Card valid at Spazio, Tsukuro and Café

August 10: Orange Sunshine, presented by Florida Power & Light

Go back in time with Orange Sunshine performing the greatest songs from the 60’s, from
Beatles to Blues to Pop tunes and Rock Classics.
Summer Lovin’ Sweepstakes prize: TBA

August 17: Fireside Prophets, presented by MyFortLauderdaleBeach.com

Laid back and soaked in Florida sunshine Fireside Prophets are a cool group of musicians who
turn up the heat with a twisted up in reggae-rock sound that exemplify the fun-loving Fort
Lauderdale Beach vibe.
Summer Lovin’ Sweepstakes prize: TBA

August 24: Electric Piquete, presented by Florida Power & Light

A three-peat performance for the band named “Best Latin Band” by the Miami New Times in
2009 and 2015, Electric Piquete is a melting pot of jazz, salsa and funk, and spiced with
everything in between.  Summer Lovin’ Sweepstakes prize: TBA

August 31: The Boss Project, presented by The BID and 102.7 The Beach FM

Kick off your Labor Day weekend with the one and only, Boss Project – the ultimate tribute to
the music of the legendary Bruce Springsteen.
Summer Lovin’ Sweepstakes prize: Oceanfront Suite with breakfast for two at Bahia Mar

September 7: The Free Rads, presented by Courtyard Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach
Fasten your seatbelts for the Free Rads – a sub groove experience, a musical rollercoaster ride
packed with a wide range of your favorite classic and current hits infused with high energy,
intense soul and uninhibited passion.

Summer Lovin’ Sweepstakes prize: 2 Night Stay and welcome cocktail at Courtyard by Marriott

September 14: Tito C. Band, presented by Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Join the Tito C Band for a night of cool classics, some catchy dance tunes and a fun night of
fan favorites to dance to by the shoreline.
Summer Lovin’ Sweepstakes prize: Courtesy of Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Details TBA

September 21: B Side Jones, presented by B Ocean

South Florida’s premier Funk/Rock A-listers, B-Side Jones, brings their brand of high energy and
unique repertoire of the songs you love from decades past to the current scene to create a
fun and funky night of music and dancing on Fort Lauderdale Beach
Summer Lovin’ Sweepstakes prize: Oceanfront Suite with breakfast for two daily at B Ocean


Jun 042018

The Hukilau is widely known as the East Coast’s largest and longest-running festival celebrating Polynesian Pop culture. Now in its 17th year, the event spotlights all things retro and Tiki, giving thousands of attendees a chance to immerse themselves in the subculture that includes a heavy emphasis on rum and tropical cocktails.  But the Fort Lauderdale event is also an overlooked surf music extravaganza, bringing together some of the top instrumental rock bands from across the country. For 2018, organizers have assembled a high-caliber lineup of surf and exotica that includes Los Straitjackets and The Martian Denny Orchestra from Tennessee; The Madeira from Indiana; Mr Ho’s Orchestrotica Quintet and Czarna Wolgastar from Massachusetts; The Exotics from Wisconsin; The Black Flamingos and The Royal Pacifics from New Jersey; and The Intoxicators and Skinny Jimmy Stingray from Florida.

Festival attendees can catch live music, DJs and other entertainers all five days of The Hukilau, from a 7,500-square-foot ballroom the Pier Sixty-Six hotel to the 150-capacity Molokai bar at The Mai-Kai, the legendary Polynesian restaurant that has served as the event’s nerve center since 2003. Other entertainment will include modern burlesque queen Angie Pontani; exclusive aquatic performances by Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid in the Wreck Bar on Fort Lauderdale Beach; a dozen pop-up bars featuring acclaimed mixologists from around the world; plus Tiki and rum symposiums, classes and tastings. The Tiki Treasures Bazaar will be open daily featuring artists and vendors selling everything from fine art to aloha shirts.

Among the special guests in 2018 is Boston’s Brother Cleve, a mainstay of the cocktail and music scenes for more than two decades. He toured with The Del Fuegos, was a member of Combustible Edison, and became a pioneer in the craft cocktail movement. He’s also known for his work as a DJ and musicologist. Brother Cleve will DJ, host his own pop-up bar, and present a special symposium.

While the U.S. West Coast is widely considered to be the hotbed for instrumental surf and exotica music, The Hukilau’s 2018 lineup proves that bands from the Southeast, East Coast and Midwest should not be overlooked. Here’s the latest lineup:

  • Los Straitjackets: Returning to The Hukilau for the first time since 2009, the mysterious masked marvels of instrumental rock will headline Friday’s High Tide Party. Formed 20 years ago in Nashville, the Grammy-nominated band released “What’s So Funny About Peace Love And …” in 2017, its 14th studio album since 1994.
  • The Martian Denny Orchestra: This revved-up exotica supergroup features guitarist Eddie Angel (Los Straitjackets, the Planet Rockers), guitarist Bob Irwin (Pluto Walkers, reissue label Sundazed Music), bassist Dave Roe (Johnny Cash, John Mellencamp, et al.), and drummer Jimmy Lester (Webb Wilder, ex-Los Straitjackets). Based in Nashville, the group has been unleashing their dazzling atomicinstrumentals on the unsuspecting public for the past five years, including The Hukilau 2012.
  • Mr Ho’s Orchestrotica Quintet: Led by visionary percussionist Brian O’Neill, this Boston-based ensemble will perform exclusively at Thursday’s LuXotica party in the Pier Top Lounge at Pier Sixty-Six. Melding jazz and chamber music into adaptations of mid-century exotica, the quintet will present O’Neill’s original compositions along with unique adaptions of Bach, Gershwin, Shostakovich and John Adams “into cinematic, layered music for armchair travelers ready to journey off road.” Czarna Wolgastar, O’Neill’s surf music band, will also perform at The Hukilau.
  • The Madeira: Founded in 2004 by guitarist Ivan Pongracic of 1990s surf music icons the Space Cossacks, this Indianapolis-based band continues to push the boundaries of instrumental rock. Their 2015 album, “Ancient Winds,” was hailed as a seamless blend of traditional surf and modern progressive rock. The band will be making its first appearance at The Hukilau.
  • The Intoxicators: After a one-year respite, the boys from Tallahassee return to rock The Hukilau for the 13th time since 2005. The ultra-tight trio of Gary Evans (guitar), Brian Crum (drums), and Adam Watson (bass) meld classic surf, rockabilly, and pure guitar-driven instrumental rock into a rousing sound all their own. Also, don’t be surprised if the primitive alter ego of The Intoxicators (aka The Disasternauts) also make an appearance.
  • The Exotics: The Hukilau welcomes back Milwaukee’s long-running and acclaimed surf band for the first time since 2011. Formed in 1994, the band has been releasing albums and playing special events across the country for more than 20 years. They’re also the house band at Foundation Bar in Milwaukee, where drummer Don Nelson is manager and co-owner.
  • The Black Flamingos: This New Jersey instrumental trio has been busy bringing their combination of surf, spy and spaghetti western to the masses since forming in 2014. Their debut full-length album, “Neon Boneyard” (2017, Hi-Tide Recordings) was followed by tours of the United States and Europe. High profile gigs have included the Surfer Joe Summer Festival in Italy, a support slot on the Messer Chups tour, and the Asbury Park Surf Music Festival with Dick Dale and Los Straitjackets in August. A spin-off band, The Royal Pacifics, will also perform.
  • Skinny Jimmy Stingray: South Florida’s own king of the surf guitar will return for a sixth straight year to rock The Mai-Kai. In addition to his instrumental trio playing surf classics and originals, Stingray now plays around the area with a totally different lineup specializing in spaghetti western and rockabilly.
  • King Kukule: The Hukilau’s emcee since day one, the Southern California comedian, actor and ukuleleist otherwise known as Denny Moynahan can always be counted on to keep the show running smoothly with many laughs thrown in for good measure. “The King” is not only a fixture at Tiki events across the country, he’s been a regular performer at Hollywood premieres, Disneyland, Universal Studios and more.


This year’s Hukilau takes place June 6-10, 2018 at the Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina and The Mai-Kai restaurant in Fort Lauderdale with different events at each location. Multi-day passes and special event tickets on sale now at TheHukilau.com along with hotel reservations, a daily schedule and more.


The Hukilau began in 2002 in Atlanta and moved to Fort Lauderdale in 2003. It has grown from a small gathering into an international event, drawing up to 1,500 visitors annually. A “Hukilau” is a traditional Hawaiian festival at which villagers cast a large net into the sea to bring a wide assortment of fish to shore. It’s followed by a feast that celebrates the spirit of ‘ohana, or family and community. The Hukilau in Fort Lauderdale was designed as a modern equivalent that attracts lovers of Tiki culture from all over the world for a unique, vintage-styled celebration. The Hukilau has proudly kept Polynesian Pop’s past alive and well, while also stirring interest among a new generation of talented artisans, performers, mixologists, and enthusiasts from all walks of life.


Official website: http://www.thehukilau.com
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/thehukilau
Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/thehukilau
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May 142018
Afro Caribbean Weekend Fest

Broward County Libraries and the City of Hallandale Beach are searching for storytellers ready to win spectacular prizes at The Afro-Caribbean Weekend Fest, #HBCaribbeanFest. The storytelling contest will be held on the festival’s second day, Saturday, June 16th from 2 to 6PM at the Hallandale Beach Library, 300 S Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009.

Grand Prize winner of the Story Slam will receive a one-night weekend stay in a waterview deluxe room at The Diplomat Beach Resort (valued at $500) and a gift card to a local merchant. Second- and third-place winners will receive gift packages from West Elm (valued at $150 each) and a gift card to a local merchant.

The June 16th, Saturday afternoon Story Slam will be a competition held from 2 to 4PM between seven preselected storytellers on the theme of “Island Spice.” Novice or professional, come tell your personal, true story that is five to seven minutes in length. Stories can span the wide range of human experience, from the utterly silly to the deeply profound. A panel of three judges will choose the winners based on presentation, emotional impact and story structure.

The Afro-Caribbean Fest is a free festival to celebrate the diversity of Afro-Caribbean voices, culture and cuisine. Like the storytelling competition, the festival theme is “Island Spice” and the crowd will be treated to a powerful dose coming from authentic Caribbean food truck and street vendors, the Bahamas Junkanoo Shakers, Resurrection Steel Drum Band and DJ Johnnie Powell.

Festival goers will experience virtual reality demos, a healthy food demo by Flipany, live music and dynamic, interactive storytelling. The June 15th, Friday festival night, featuring an interactive storytelling journey with Lucrece Louisdhon-Louinis, takes place from 6 to 8PM at the Foster Park Community Micro-Library, located at 609 NW 6th Ave, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009.

To tell a story at the event contest, submit your story online in advance for preselection at: worldandeye.com/storyslam or call Jeanie Minuchin at 954-540-9897 or contact Helen Reynolds at 954-279-0994 or [email protected] You can also follow the Story Slam on Facebook.

The event is co-sponsored by Broward County Libraries and the City of Hallandale Beach. Additional sponsorship and support is provided by World and Eye Arts Center, West Elm, The Diplomat Beach Resort, and Friends of Hallandale Beach Library.

Weekend Festival Begins Friday, June 15th

In a related event on Friday June 15, from 6pm-8pm at Foster Park Community Center Micro-Library, bring the kids out for an evening filled with music, healthy food demo by FLIPANY (Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth) and featuring an interactive storytelling journey with Lucrèce Louisdhon-Louinis.

Afro-Caribbean Weekend Fest

May 062018

While it would be impossible to list every restaurant in and around Fort Lauderdale that is offering a special menu for this Sunday May 13th, aka Mother’s Day, we do feel a certain connection to the ones which support the local live music community. We have, therefore, compiled below a list of specific restaurants with Mother’s Day menu offerings in addition to an hour by hour listing of live music from Hollywood to West Palm Beach.  mothers day

Live entertainment at Fishtales on 33rd starting at 3pm with Roy Michaels inside and Billy Bones outside followed by Big City from 8 till Midnight. Call for reservations (954) 689-2344.

mothers-day boca raton

Mothers Day Hard Rock Cafe

Let the Hard Rock Cafe help you make this Mother’s Day special with delicious authentic creations, handcrafted by artists formerly known as chefs for the ladies we love. Make your reservation today.

Two Georges Deerfield


Celebrate Mother’s Day on the Intracoastal Waterway at Two Georges at The Cove! Watch the boats Cruise by while enjoying Mother’s Day Specials: Chicken Chesapeake Bearnaise, Lobster & Shrimp Risotto, Prime Rib of Beef, Fresh Catch of the Day, as well as, our Regular Menu. Call Early for Reservations (954) 421-9272

Live Music Around Town on Mother’s Day

May 022018
Starlight Musicals 2018

Every summer, the City of Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Department presents the Starlight Musicals Concert Series at Holiday Park, located off Federal Hwy and Sunrise Blvd, minutes from downtown Fort Lauderdale. For 39 years, these free outdoor concerts have provided a great way to enjoy the summer with family and friends. The series features an exciting lineup of bands covering pop, country, rhythm and blues, tropical rock, and more. The shows take place Friday nights beginning June 8 and continuing through August 10, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. on the football field at Holiday Park, located at 1150 G. Harold Martin Drive in Fort Lauderdale.

This year in honor of Starlight Musicals’ 40th Anniversary, the concert scheduled has been extended to 10 weeks – two additional weeks from previous years. Residents and visitors alike are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, picnic baskets, and coolers. Please note that pets are not permitted in the park.

2018 Bank of America Entertainment Schedule

June 8th ~ Valerie Tyson Band (R & B / Soul)

June 15th ~ Andrew Morris Band (Country)

June 22nd ~ Curbstone (TropRock)

June 29th ~ RD Project (Latin)

July 6th ~ Across the Universe (Beatles Tribute)

July 13th ~ Stall 4 (Tribute to 80s Rock )

July 20st ~ Pocket Change (Funk / Dance)

July 27th ~ Jimmy Stowe & the Stowaways (Tropical Rock / Jimmy Buffett)

August 3rd ~ Brass Evolution (Classic Rock with Horns)

August 10th ~ Shane Duncan (Ultimate Party Band)

No Smoking Zone

In order to accommodate all of our guests we will continue with our No Smoking Zone this year, which is located on the south side of the field.

Non-Profit Awareness & Food Drives

Each week, Bank of America features a non-profit group to raise awareness of their program and goals. We also collect food donations for people and animals in need. Please help Bank of America support these worthy causes. Our goal is to surpass last year’s totals. If every person brought a food item each week, think of the impact we could make! Let’s try for 2,000 items. Non-perishable food donations will benefit The Pantry of Broward and Life Net 4 Families. Pet food donations will benefit Abandoned Pet Rescue.

More Info

For more information, visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/departments/parks-recreation/special-events/starlight-musicals.  You may also call the Parks and Recreation Special Events Hotline at (954) 828-5363,  especially to check on the event status in case of inclement weather.

Starlight Musicals 2018